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Clausen 'more in play' at No. 7

By Marla Ridenour Published: April 14, 2010

Notre Dame quarterback Jimmy Clausen is ''more in play than I would have thought a couple weeks ago'' for the Browns at No. 7, NFL Network analyst Mike Mayock said on a conference call Wednesday.

But if the Browns don't select Clausen or Tennessee safety Eric Berry, Mayock suggested Clemson running back C.J. Spiller or Oklahoma State receiver Dez Bryant should be considered by the Browns.

''It's probably too early for Joe Haden,'' Mayock said of the Florida cornerback. ''If they don't take a free safety, where do they go? They don't have a true No. 1 receiver. Dez Bryant could be in play if they're willing to deal with Dez Bryant.''

Bryant had a tough childhood with a mother who sold drugs and also has reportedly been chronically late to meetings. He also forgot his cleats on pro day. According to a report, the Browns cancelled Bryant's recent visit.

As for other Browns' needs, Mayock said, ''They need youth and depth along the offensive line, they need a tight end, obviously they're not going to use the first pick on that, and they also need a defensive end in a 3-4. Again, too early for any of those guys.''

The Browns have five of the first 92 picks and Mayock believes they would like to move down in the first round.

''I don't think they'd have a problem getting out of No. 7. I think they'd move in a heartbeat if they could,'' Mayock said. ''I think Dez Bryant and the quarterback, if you're not taking a safety, are the two names that stick out for me.''

Of Clausen, Mayock said, ''I do think he has the physical skill set to be a top 10 pick the draft, similar to (Jets rookie) Mark Sanchez. The question is what kind of kid is he? If you buy into him, work ethic, toughness and leadership, there's no reason not to take him. He's every bit as talented as Sanchez.''


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